Saturday, March 31, 2018

52 Hike Challenge ~ Hike 17: Cascade Head

Cascade Head Hike @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

This was one of my favorite hikes so far this year, but I have few pictures and they don’t do it justice!

We (Holly, the kids, and I) traveled an hour and a half over to the Oregon coast to try out the Cascade Head Trail.

The weather was in the 50s. The sun was shining (even if it was hazy to the south). Miraculously, all four kids had good attitudes. I think Lola may have been the first to the top, but all four kids beat Holly and me. We were a little slow on the 1,340 foot elevation gain.

The summit was flat and grassy, perfect for picnicking. The sun was almost hot on our faces, and I was down to my tank-top!

We hiked a total of 5 miles.

The trailhead parking was easy to find. The parking lot was nice and there were toilets. The actual trailhead was a little difficult to find, but the trail had fantastic signage from there on. We started around 10 am and it wasn’t really busy until our way back down, even though it was a beautiful day of spring break. The trail was very muddy in the beginning, but the scenery was beautiful. Once we came out into the open spaces higher up, the trail was a narrow “ditch” of sorts but the view was incredible.

This is the view to the east (toward the Coast Range):

Cascade Head Hike Coastal Mountains View @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Part of the coastline to the west:

Cascade Head View @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

And the crew at the top:

Cascade Head Hiking Crew @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Sunday, March 25, 2018

52 Hike Challenge ~ Hike 16: McDowell Creek Falls in the Snow

McDowell Creek Falls Hike 16 @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Holly and I met up without kids at McDowell Creek Falls on Saturday. We didn’t realize we’d be greeted by a dusting of snow! We made the loop twice and then up and down the brutal steps a third time, for a total of 3.5 miles.

It was about 38 degrees (brrrr!), but we felt invigorated by the end of the hike. [Holly had just visited last week with Shannon and the girls and it was 70 degrees that day!!]

McDowell Creek Snow @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesMcDowell Creek Terrace Falls @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesMcDowell Creek Falls Snow Limb @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesMcDowell Creek Bridge @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesMcDowell Creek Falls @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesMcDowell Creek Stairs @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesMcDowell Creek Falls Snow @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Friday, March 23, 2018

52 Hike Challenge ~ Hike 15: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Ankeny 3 @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Saturday, March 17th, the four kids and I met up with Holly and Ivy at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. This time, Shannon and her girls, Rilla and Sweden, were able to join us! We didn’t realize that part of the trail is closed until March 31st, so this was a short, but novel, hike on the boardwalk across the wetlands.

Two of my kids got in a fight. One of them ended up with a goose-egg bruise on his cheek. The other huffed back to the truck and didn’t finish the hike. Good times.

Ankeny @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesAnkeny 2 @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesAnkeny 4 @ Mt. Hope ChroniclesAnkeny 6 @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

52 Hike Challenge ~ Hike 14: Uproute Extendo Loop

Oak Creek Loop @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

I’m behind on my hiking posts!

On March 6th I hiked the 4-mile Uproute Extendo Loop near Oak Creek in McDonald Forest in about 2 hours with Luke, Leif, Lola, Holly, Ivy, Christina, Jake, Genevieve, and Luke P. The weather was beautiful and the company delightful.

Oak Creek Hike @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

52 Hike Challenge ~ Hike 13: Old Growth and Ridge Trails

Old Growth and Ridge Trail @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

[Hike #12 was a beautiful Saturday afternoon hike on February 24th at Talking Water Gardens with Holly and Ivy. I missed getting pictures with my camera, but we’ll return soon and I’ll share then.]

We met up at the Lewisburg Saddle Trailhead on Saturday (March 3rd) and hiked the Old Growth Loop and the connected Ridge Trail Loop (across the road) for a total of more than 3 miles and enough incline to make us feel we’d had a good workout. I think last time we met here, we hiked the Tower Trail Loop instead of the Old Growth Loop. I didn’t have the map last time and was playing follow the leader. [grin] Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out these networks of trails!

The weather had been sunnier in the morning, but it didn’t do more than lightly sprinkle on us for a short period during the hike, so that was a win. I had the three boys, and Holly had Ivy.

The trail was lovely, but all my pictures look gray and lifeless. The above picture is the best I could do.

[Lola was fishing all day with Daddy. She hauled all their fishing gear to the fishing pond in our “distressed” bike trailer, so she had a workout as well. Russ, on foot, said he couldn’t keep up with her.]

Fishing with Dad @ Mt. Hope Chronicles